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Phil Collins was one of the most successful musicians in the world during the 1980s, releasing thirteen U.S. Top Ten hits between 1984 and 1990.
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In 1981 he hit the airwaves with his first solo record, Face Value. The album, backed by the popular single "In the Air Tonight," proved to be a monster hit. A year later, Collins released his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going,
which included a pair of popular singles: "You Can't Hurry Love" and "I Don't Care Anymore".
In 1984 he penned the title song for the film soundtrack to Against All Odds, a No. 1 single that scored Collins Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. In 1985 Collins dominated the charts again with his third solo album, No Jacket Required.
With Genesis, too, Collins demonstrated he had the golden touch. The band scored a No. 1 single in 1986 with the hit "Invisible Touch."
Collins also proved his talents as an actor. After the NBC police drama Miami Vice (1984) featured Collins' first single "In the Air Tonight" in one of its episodes, Collins made a guest appearance on the show. In 1988 he made his big screen debut in the film Buster. He also wrote a song for the movie, "Two Hearts", which earned him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song. In all, Collins proved to have one of the defining voices of the 1980s. Between 1984 and 1990 alone he tallied 13 straight US Top 10 hits.
These days, Collins, a father of five, is more a family man than a musician. In March 2011, he made the transition official when Collins, who battled a series of health issues including a spinal problem that forced him to stop playing the drums, announced he was retiring from music. "I really don't belong in that world," stated Collins, who chose instead to help raise his two young sons with his third wife, Orianne. That same year, Genesis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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